For many Americans, being fit and healthy is their number one New Year’s resolution. Here at Poudre River Public Library District, we want to help you stay healthy…through reading!
Yep, you can improve your health by reading books (of course you’ll still have to follow a healthy diet and active lifestyle).
Research studies routinely show that reading helps improve memory and reduce stress, and it may actually help you live longer.
The Library District’s Reader’s Advisory Team created a fun way to build reading into your healthy New Year’s resolutions with the GenreLand Challenge: 12 months and 12 genres.
We’re encouraging you (and your family) to read books you might not normally check out and talk about what you’re reading. Read outside your comfort zone!
- Follow us on Facebook, so you see reminders and suggestions for each month’s genre selection complete with book ideas, recommendations, and inspiration for keeping up with your Reading Resolutions.
- Print out a copy of the full-size GenreLand Game Board and use it to guide your reading resolutions. It’s also a great place to record what each family member chooses to read or other titles to come back to later.
- Download the handy GenreLand Challenge Guide to keep track of each month’s genre, book recommendations, and more!
- Choose your book title. Each month, you read one book of your choice from within the designated genre and its sub-genres. And, yes, listening to an audiobook counts!
- Consider reading across the collection. Read at least two books from an age level you don’t normally follow. If you primarily read adult fiction, then choose young adult or children’s fiction.
- Use a Wild Card. Everyone gets one Wild Card to use that allows you to pass on a particular genre. You still need to read a book, just not in that particular genre. So, if you really hate horror fiction, use your Wild Card in October and read something of your own choice.
- Discuss what you’re reading with your friends or family. Give everyone an opportunity to share what they’re reading. This might spark some new book titles you hadn’t considered before.
- Share with us what you’re reading. We’d love to hear what books you choose and how it goes reading outside your comfort zone. Share on Facebook, Instagram, or other social media, and be sure to tag us #FoCoBooks @poudrelibraries!
To ease you into your Reading Resolutions, the January genre is wide open with “Fiction A-Z,” and can draw from many genres such as suspense, humor, and action, to name just a few, but it can also include literary fiction and classic literature.
Some of the Fiction sub-genres you might consider: Coming-of-Age stories, Urban Fiction, Magical Realism, Adventure, Christian, Fable, Fairy Tale, Folklore, Beach Reads, Humor, Westerns, or Dystopian lit.
Stuck and Don’t Know What to Read?
Watch for monthly “Genre Cheat Sheets” on our Facebook, social media and blog pages to spark ideas for the next month’s genre challenge. And, of course you can always talk to a librarian for book suggestions or browse the library book displays.
Did you also know that you can receive great recommendations right in your inbox with NextRead newsletters from the Library District? You choose the genres you’re interested in, and the Library District’s NextRead newsletter is sent directly to your email.
One of our most popular tools for book recommendations is NoveList Plus, which allows you to search based on genres, what type of book you’re in the mood for, and much more.
Preview the 2017 Monthly Genres
|January||Fiction A to Z|
|March||Biography, Autobiography, & Memoir|
|April||Thrillers & Suspense|
|June||Science Fiction or Science Factual|
|July||Mind & Body Fitness|
|September||Graphic Novels or Picture Books|